Being good neighbours: Progroup makes donation to Bitterfeld-Wolfen-Gräfenhainichen Social Welfare Association

At the end of May, Progroup invited local residents and employees to an open day at its PM3 paper factory in Sandersdorf-Brehna. The company then doubled the proceeds raised from food and drinks at the event and donated this amount to Bitterfeld-Wolfen-Gräfenhainichen Social Welfare Association. 

“The open day was a resounding success. Around 3,000 visitors took up our invitation. We were thrilled at the support for the local associations and the great interest shown in our paper factory,” says Phillipos Vrizas, manager of the Sandersdorf-Brehna site. “We are very happy to give something back to the region with this donation.”

14,200 euros was the amount on the cheque which Phillipos Vrizas and Kay Schäfer, PM3 dispatch manager, handed over to representatives of Bitterfeld-Wolfen-Gräfenhainichen Social Welfare Association. To raise this money, Progroup had doubled the proceeds from the sale of food and drinks at the event and donated this amount.

“We thank Progroup very much for its support,” said Patricia Metz, Commercial Director of the Association. “This money will enable us to implement projects relating to media training and digitisation and procure the necessary hardware – this is a vital requirement for participating in working life, which is important to us,” added Ulrike Petermann, Theological Director. “Some of the donation will also be spent on our circus or bee project.” 

Progroup is committed to supporting social causes at all of its 14 sites in Central Europe; the family-run company sees this as part of being a good neighbour. The company therefore gets involved at a local level to benefit the common good and in particular supports projects which promote children and young people. This may be in education but also in sport, or may involve specifically supporting disadvantaged children and young people. The company thus took the open day in Sandersdorf-Brehna as an opportunity to use the proceeds from the event – food and drink was available at a token price of one to three euros – to support a good cause in the region. 

About Bitterfeld-Wolfen-Gräfenhainichen Social Welfare Association

Bitterfeld-Wolfen-Gräfenhainichen Social Welfare Association is a charitable organisation based in Wolfen. The more than 300 employees are spread across the association and the subsidiaries DIAKONIE Soziale Dienste gGmbH and DIAKONIE Erziehung und Bildung gGmbH. In addition to a recognised workshop for more than 500 people with disabilities at the sites in Wolfen and Gräfenhainichen, the association also offers accommodation for disabled people or senior citizens, outpatient care services, family counselling/support, help for young people and families, and a Protestant primary school and Protestant kindergarten. Progroup has been a partner of the association for many years. 

About Progroup

Progroup AG, located in Landau in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, is one of the leading manufacturers of containerboard and corrugated board in Europe. Since it was founded in 1991 in Offenbach/Queich, the company has been pursuing a consistent growth strategy which, in addition to technological leadership, is also based on the use of innovative and environmentally friendly production technologies. Progroup operates production sites in six countries in Central Europe. These currently include three paper factories, eleven corrugated sheetfeeder plants, a logistics company and an RDF power station. With 1,455 employees, the company generated sales of around 881 million euros in 2020.

Written by Dominy Jones

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